Charlottetown is home to some awesome hotel accommodations. While we have many classic hotel brands that you may be used to like Delta Hotels by Marriott, Holiday Inns, and Comfort Inn brands, we also have many properties that have been family owned and operated for many years.
We are very thankful to work with most of these family owned properties and even provide their staff with product training on our tours.
Rodd Hotels and Resorts
First up is a brand well known in the Maritimes of Canada. The Rodd Brand was founded by Wally Rodd and wife, Sally Rodd in 1935. Today, there are two Charlottetown hotels and two resorts located in Crowbush, PE and Brudenell, PE. They also own and operate properties in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia allowing you to enjoy the brand throughout the Maritimes. Back in 1935, Wally and Sally noticed an increase in visitors to Charlottetown and decided to open rooms at their family farm. Later their love of hospitality took over their love of their family farm (now known as the Rodd Royalty) and it turned into a full-time job for the couple. Today, the chain is still operated by the Rodd family.
In 1982, Wally purchased the CN Charlottetown Hotel, now known as the Rodd Charlottetown. This property was built and operated by the Canadian National Railway in 1931. It has had many notable guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Both of these VIP guests stayed at the property during Prince Edward Island’s centennial celebrations in 1973.
Fun fact about the Rodd Charlottetown. Every year the company hosts the annual Wally Rodd Run in honor of its founder. After your run enjoy an included lunch and be sure to bring your left-over pumpkins. Why you ask? For a charitable donation you can throw your pumpkin off the roof of the hotel.
To learn more about the Rodd Brand, please visit: https://roddvacations.com/about/rodd-history/
The Great George Boutique Hotel
The Great George Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel located in historic downtown Charlottetown. The property itself is made up of 17 beautifully restored outer historic homes and businesses to create a one-of-a-kind accommodation option. The original property was built in 1846 by James H. Down and a few years later was purchased by Henry Haszard. Step back in time and imagine walking into the London House to purchase all of your basic needs of the era like corsets, boas, tea caddies, and more.
In 1990 local entrepreneurs Kevin Murphy and Mike Cassidy purchased the property. At the time it was known as the Regent Hotel. Their goal at the time was to renovate the site to become the most unique hotel on Prince Edward Island. Today, The Great George Hotel is owned and operated by Kevin and Kathy Murphy and managed by Megan Hunt who leads a very well-trained team who provide exceptional service.
To learn more about The Great George Boutique Hotel, please visit: https://thegreatgeorge.com/history/.
The Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites
The Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites located on Weymouth Street in downtown Charlottetown is housed in the historic Notre Dame Convent. The main building was constructed in 1857 and contained a school which was operated by the sisters of Notre Dame. In 1857 a new 5 story building was constructed to replace the original building. Up until 2013 the historic property was home to a school, then a retreat for nuns, and eventually part of the building became a nursing home for the aging sisters.
Fast forward to present day the owners contemplated many different ideas for the property including business plans for a student residence, nursing home, condo units, and apartment complex. In the end the city approved the plans for an 18-room boutique hotel and 22 apartment suites. The sisters had kept the building well-maintained and the inside is as original as the day it was built.
To learn more about The Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites, please visit: http://sydneyinn.com/heritage/.
Fairholm National Historic Inn and Properties
The Fairholm Inn and properties include the Carriage House, the Hillhurst Inn, the Crandford Inn, as well as other long-term rental properties. The owners, Brooke and Gina, purchased the Fairholm back in 1999 from the Rogers Family. The home is well over 160 years old and was only ever a family home before the purchase. The previous owner Mrs. Irene Rodgers was an active member of the Prince Edward Island Historic Sites and Monuments of Canada board until the time of her death.
To learn more about The Fairholm Inn and Properties, please visit: https://www.fairholminn.com/about-the-inn.
Not only is Prince Edward Island home to these historic hotels and inns but we are home to many other historic properties that fill our downtown core. As you walk through the downtown look for a plaque stating the history and date of the properties. While this is only a small taste of the history in Downtown Charlottetown our Professionally Certified Driver-Guides are excited to share just a little bit more of what our city has to offer.
We are happy to report that we offer pick-up for all of our tours for guests at any of the properties listed above. For a full listing of our tour offerings, please visit: https://www.targettoursatlantic.com/.